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SF superstar dominates WHS girls soccer team

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Worthington Trojan Merlin (Gabby) Perez (12) kicks the ball away from Sioux Falls Christian's Alexandra McCaulley (4) Tuesday evening. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The best player on one of the best girls soccer teams in South Dakota came to Trojan Field Tuesday night.

And it turned out to be a record-setting night for Sioux Falls Christian fans.

Senior forward Ellie Schock scored a school-record six goals to lead the Christian Chargers to a 12-0 victory over the winless Worthington Trojans in a non-conference match.

Schock, who has signed a scholarship offer with Augustana University, found the back of the net three times in the first half as the Chargers took a commanding 8-0 lead.

She was still in the game in the closing minutes, though Christian led by double digits. And it was because of the potential record. Schock, who set the school’s career record for goals already as a junior, broke the 17-year-old program record for goals in a single game with about six minutes left.

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She charged toward her teammates with both hands near her eyes while displaying three fingers to mark the achievement.

“Once she hit four (early in the second half), I kind of decided I’d give her the opportunity,” said Christian coach James Oppenheimer. “We’ve had games before where I’ve pulled her out and this, being her senior year, I told her I’d give her that chance. She’s a phenomenal player and the leader of our team.”

Christian, which is 3-1-1, is ranked No. 3 among Class A teams in South Dakota. Jocelyn Van Horssen scored twice for the Chargers. Other goals were scored by Delaney Horan, Adalie Pritchett, Alexandria McCaulley and Nataya Lawrence.

Schock was the star of the show.

“She’s a hard player,” said Worthington coach Emily Ahlquist.

Schock smiled broadly when congratulated on the record.

“It’s a big accomplishment, but I couldn’t have done it without my team,” she said. “It was a good ‘connecting-passes’ game for us, but we were able to bring a number of JV people in who got their first varsity time, which is awesome.”

The Trojans fell behind just two minutes into the game when Schock struck for the first time. It was an uphill battle thereafter.

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“We struggled marking on defense, especially on the backside,” said Ahlquist. “So they were penetrating down our sides and crossing it in. We talked about it at halftime and they did a lot better job in the second half.

“Our defensive line has to have a bit more discipline, staying in a line. We had too many sitting back and not catching them on the outside.”

Among those who played well for Worthington were junior midfielder Alexa Cerda and sophomore goalkeeper Chantel Peralta.

“Alexa was making some good moves and good passes,” Ahlquist said. “And our goalie did a great job, considering how many shots there were on her. Beatriz Gabriel, one of our defenders, was pretty solid back there and Sophia (Montoya Mendez) did really well in the midfield.”

The Trojans dropped to 0-3.

“We just have to keep plugging away, little bit by little bit,” said Ahlquist.

Worthington plays at New Ulm on Thursday.

Sioux Falls Christian 8 4 -- 12

Worthington 0 0 -- 0

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Worthington Trojan Yesenia Cruz (6) intercepts a drive by Sioux Falls Christian Chargers Delaney Horan on Tuesday. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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